Week 25 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

This movie (and its sequel) are so much fun and I usually end up discussing ecosystems as well.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (I hope this works…please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
pancakesWatch movieweatherFlexdesign island

Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano, learning guitar

Crochet

On break

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download material

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – (in download material)

Addition and pattern – worksheet

Storytime

Activity

Make pancakes
Weather
Design an island

Next week: Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest

Week 23 – Soul Results

Pegasus enjoyed the movie. He said 22 was his favourite character. (Not surprised)

Dance

As per usual, I didn’t do anything specific for this.

Music

His scales are coming along nicely and he willingly practises both his scales and the pieces in the book.

Crochet

We haven’t started this yet.

Basic Information

We are working on the day before and the day after any given day. The months of the year is going well. All months have proper pronounciation now, and we’re working on the month before and after any given month. That’s coming slowly.

We practised the seasons, but he still needs help remembering them in French.

Printing words

We’re working on spacing and keeping the words on the bottom line. I think he’s getting better at this.

Counting objects/math-type activities

He still has no problems with counting these, and I feel like his numbers have improved.

Math worksheets. He REALLY likes these. He did them both on Monday because he was so excited to do them.

Storytime

We got 4 new French library books. We read 2 this week.

Activity

Blues and jazz music – We listened to both and I talked about their history. See Dragon’s Soul Results for links.

Learn to meditate – Pegasus liked the meditation exercise I led him in. He even tried it on his own later.

Make a personality zine – I used the Personality Traits from this website to discuss the areas of his personality. He decided which words fit him best, and then he built the zine himself from my template. (I love that template.)

ADHD and Me

Hello Friends, Family, and Fans;

Before the pandemic, I was talking to a friend and they said something like, “You understand what it’s like since you’re neurodivergent.” I didn’t know what that meant. In case you don’t, neurodivergent is a blanket term for those who have a different mental or neurological function. You’ll also hear neurospicy or other variations. The word is often claimed by autistics, those with ADHD, dyslexics, etc.

Once I looked up what they meant, I assumed it was due to my dyslexia, something that has plagued me my whole life.

Another friend later said they claimed Jen and I as part of their neurodivergent friends. I also started noticing a lot of my friends are neurodivergent and I started looking into it.

I started to see a lot of memes and videos about ADHD and Autism that were really relatable and I started wondering.

By the time the pandemic hit, I was thinking maybe. We’d also noticed some attributes in Dragon and started the process of getting her psycho-educational testing.

After a lot of procrastinating, Jen and I set up appointments for ourselves. (We’re still waiting on Jen’s results.)

Mine came back, as I expected, with ADHD of the Inattentive type. I’d done enough research to be fairly sure but it still feels weird. It makes sense however.

There it is, I’ve learnt more about myself and this gives me tools and a community to help me deal with my own brain. The nurse I talked to said that I’d done a good job finding strategies to help myself avoid the worst.

If you have questions I can try to answer but I’m no expert… yet.

Be kind and stay safe,

Éric

Power Rangers (2017) – JenEric Movie Review

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Hello Cinephiles,

Today we’re talking about the 2017 film Power Rangers.

Story

This is a very derivative story. It’s a chosen-one, superhero, Breakfast Club with lots of old Power Ranger cheese. It’s exactly what I wanted from this movie even if it wasn’t original.

Score: 0.5

Characters

I liked the diversity. They each had their individual arcs, and despite the multiple set pieces eating the time, they all felt well set up and complete.

The acting was extremely well done considering the cheesiness of the script.

Score: 1

Dialogue

Some of the dialogue is terrible but delivered really well, almost making it seem natural.

The heart to heart moments between characters are pretty staged but again well-acted.

Score: 0.5

Visuals and Music

The visuals used the style of the old comics with the unmistakable 2010’s main colour palette. At least they kept the rangers brightly coloured.

The music is epic and the score utterly fantastic.

Score: 1

Fun

I wanted something that had the essence of the Power Rangers I grew up with. I didn’t want the exact same story or the same characters (I don’t remember them that well, it’s been 30 years since I watched it). This delivered and was just plain fun. Lost of cheese, lots of great acting, and some awesome battles.

Score: 1

Overall

A fun take on the concept of Power Rangers that will enrage the diehard fans but on its own it’s a fun and exciting movie.

Final Score: 4 Stars out of 5

Doubt is Still There…

Hello Family, Friends, and Fans;

I think I can say that I’m a moderately experienced author at this point… (2 unpublishable novels, 7 solo published novels, 2 co-authored published novels, 2 co-authored unpublished novels, 10 years of serial stories, a dozen or so short stories, and over 15 years of blog posts)

I’m currently 2/3rd of the way through a novel, in the last stages of a TTRPG system, writing a serial story, and writing a novel with my wonderful wife. (I’m tired just thinking about it all.)

I have a giant secret to tell you… come in close… closer… hey, stop licking your screen…

It doesn’t get easier

The mechanics get simpler, once you understand how to use quotation marks and construct sentences. I’ve heard wild tales of authors taming commas but I’m sure that’s just a tall tale.

The actual writing doesn’t get easier. You try your best to put one word in front of the other and stay coherent, and in the end you have a pile of them that have to be cleaned and organized into something resembling a story. All the while, there’s a little voice that says, “Can you really do this? No, probably not.” Even after writing 11 novels, I still hear that voice and it’s hard to ignore.

That doubt is something I’m told all authors live with (if it’s just me, please don’t tell me. Leave me to my delusions) and it’s one of the greatest obstacles.

Having finished something does give me the extra little confidence to say, “I did it before, maybe I can do it again”. It’s not enough to silence the doubt but it does help.

Whether it’s your first or your hundredth writing project, you’re not alone. I understand.

Now, go write something,

Éric

Week 24 – Zootopia

Pegasus loves this movie so I’m excited to show it to him in French.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (I hope this works…please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
experimentWatch movieelephant rescuesFlexshapes

Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano, learning guitar

Crochet

On break

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download material

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – (in download material)

Addition and pattern – worksheet

Storytime

Activity

Experiment Blue Eyes (link to experiment) – use different shapes in different colours and have them grouped in different ways, picking one group to be “lesser” each time. Does that make sense? No!
Elephant rescues in Africa (video)
Shapes Activity (print out in folder) – can make more shapes. Group them, name them, etc.

Next week: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Week 22 – The Princess and the Frog Results

Pegasus was entranced by this movie. He seemed to understand what was going on and was very sad when a secondary character died. He said that his favourite part was when the second star appeared.

Dance

As per usual, I didn’t do anything specific for this.

Music

His scales are coming along nicely and he willingly practises both his scales and the pieces in the book.

Crochet

We haven’t started this yet.

Basic Information

We are working on the day before and the day after any given day. The months of the year is going well. All months have proper pronounciation now, and we’re working on the month before and after any given month. That’s coming slowly.

We practised the seasons, but he still needs help remembering them in French.

Printing words

We’re working on spacing and keeping the words on the bottom line.

Counting objects/math-type activities

He still has no problems with counting these, and I feel like his numbers have improved.

Math worksheets. He REALLY likes these and had a lot of fun with the more challenging one. He did them both on Monday because he was so excited to do them.

Storytime

We read all four of the French library books again. He did really well and read several pages on his own.

Activity

Cooking rice bowl – He was very enthusiastic about chopping, prepping, and the initial combination, and he really enjoys dumping things into other things. But he has absolutely no interest in sticking around and watching the food cook.

Baking beignets – He really enjoys working with dough, and loves seeing things rise. The initial rolling, he got bored. And then the cutting after, he got even more bored. Thankfully he wasn’t interested in the frying part (because boiling oil!). He loved using the mixer and dumping ingredients into it. (Dragon helped a bit with this one because she wanted to.)

Learn about frogs – We read about different frogs from his sister’s schoolwork, and we watched a couple videos about wood frogs thawing after a freeze. He was tremendously interested in them coming back to life.

Monstrous Valentines

Have you made Valentines for your friends and family yet? Fear not, we’ve got you covered with our Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests valentines!

Print them out, write your loved ones names, and you’re done!

Link to our drive here

Cover art by @pinkpiggy93 on Tumblr and Instagram

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais is available for pre-order soon!

Physical from Canadian indie bookstoresphysical from Indigo, electronic version

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